The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Gilkisoom family. The root of their name is the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Gilkisoom family
The surname Gilkisoom was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
some say as far back as the 12th century. The first record of the name was in Cupar-Angus in the 15th century where they held a family seat at Murthly in Atholl, in the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Early History of the Gilkisoom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilkisoom research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gilkisoom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilkisoom Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Gilkisoom has appeared in various documents spelled Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilkisoom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilkisoom family to Ireland
Some of the Gilkisoom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gilkisoom family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gilkisoom or a variant listed above: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.